Images and spec-sheet details for the Samsung Galaxy S5’s screen may have leaked online, giving us a tantalising glimpse of what the handset could offer when it lands later this month.
According to listings from a Chinese factory offering the part for sale, this time around Samsung will opt for a 5.5-inch screen, compared with the 4.99-inch screen on the S4. That’s quite a bit larger than earlier S5 leaks suggest, with most having put their money on a 5.2-inch number.
In news that might disappoint some tech heads, the listing also suggests that the screen’s resolution will be 1280x720. That puts it exactly in line with the 5.7-inch screen on the Note 3, but is way under the incredibly lavish-sounding 560ppi display that some reports had claimed might be on board.
In terms of layout and design, little, if anything, has changed from the S4, with the elongated, tablet-shaped home button again making an appearance and the front-facing camera sitting flush to the right at the top of the device.
The apparently unchanged home button could be a sign that if Samsung does opt to include fingerprint scanning technology, this won’t be where it’s located. Rather it is more likely to be secreted beneath the phone’s display in the form of a swipe scanner as the Korean phone-maker bids to go one better than Apple’s TouchID.
How much store to set in the leak is a moot point. While it's impossible to know whether the part is official or has been manufactured with insider knowledge, the fact that it has appeared in the immediate period leading up to launch when supply chains traditionally get very leaky adds a layer of credence to the photos.
Either way, we’ll find out soon enough. Press invites sent out by Samsung earlier this week all-but officially confirm that the Galaxy S5 will show its face on February 23rd at Mobile World Congress.
Other features that will purportedly make the cut include a 16-megapixel camera, a metal build and a mysterious 3D function.